He Kai Kei Aku Ringa

Toi exhibition


“He kai kei aku Ringa”
There is food at the end of my hands

This whakataukī is said by a person who can use his or her basic abilities and resources to create success (Woodward, 2003)

Once you learn the foundations of Raranga (weaving) and Raranga whatu (weaving with fibres) anything is possible. The works you’ll see in this exhibition show the dedication and effort tauira made during the 2-year process to complete them. They are a visual celebration of their creativity, determination and study success.


“Once you learn how to weave your whānau will never go hungry” (Nuku, 1999)

Most individuals that enrol onto Ngā Mahi ā te Whare Pora at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa come with little to no weaving experience. Yet they leave with so much more than a qualification and weaving skills. Raranga provides tauira with a looking glass into the past - at our ancestors and the Māori way of life. It enriches them in countless ways, preparing tauira to go on with confidence to pursue a degree in the art of Raranga.


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